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Matisse Caves
are three overhangs about 130 m apart, located just below and on the south west side of Mount Tricky, 1.9 km near due north of the old Newnes Hotel. Named by Yuri Bolotin on a bushwalk, 28 August 2017 after the French artist Henry Matisse’s famous paper cut outs, and also in sympathy with Faberge Caves, located about 500 m to the east. Yuri recorded (about the third Matisse Cave), “A medium size overhang, about 15 m long by 5 m high…Within it, there are multitudes of thin layers of protruding, deeply veined and eroded sandstone, brown, pink, white, orange and grey, carved by nature into hundreds of the most incredible delicate cut out shapes. The majority of the ‘figures’ are angular and jagged, and some are organic and soft, all wonderfully juxtaposed against each other. It is a visual carnival of shapes, lines and colours.”
  • Ben Bullen
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  • 420 273
Wollemi National Park
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